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- Chris Palmer – President
- Janna Emmel – Director of Development and Programming

Christopher PalmerPresident (Board of Directors)

Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and an environmental and wildlife film producer who has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps. Over the past 30 years, he has led the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime time television and the giant screen (IMAX) film industry. His films have been broadcast on numerous channels, including the Disney Channel, TBS Superstation, Animal Planet, and PBS. His IMAX films include Whales, Wolves, Dolphins, Bears, Coral Reef Adventure, and Grand Canyon Adventure.

Chris is currently president of the One World Ocean Foundation, which has launched the world’s largest global media initiative to save the oceans. He is also president of the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, which produces and funds IMAX films.

In 2004, he joined American University’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at the School of Communication. There he founded and currently directs the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, whose mission is to train filmmakers to produce films and new media that effectively strengthen the global constituency for conservation. His book, Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom, was published in 2010 by Sierra Club Books and has been widely praised. His book inspired a new film for public broadcasting, called Shooting in the Wild. The 26-minute film is hosted by Alexandra Cousteau. Learn more >>

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Contact Chris at:  cpalmer@mffeducation.org
Phone:  202-885-3408. 


Janna EmmelDirector of Development and Programming

In addition to working with MacGilivray Freeman Films in research and development for more than 20 years, Janna has organized the start-up of three non-profit organizations dedicated to the arts, film and informal education. Janna obtained her degree in Social Work from a private Lutheran college in the upper Midwest and lives in rural western South Dakota – the Black Hills. Janna oversees the Foundation’s daily operations.

Contact Janna at:  jemmel@macfreefilms.com

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